Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement on Friday, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was not sentenced to return to the field to celebrate his team’s championship despite testing positive for COVID-19 will be given.
Turner issued a statement with the league stating the reason for leaving the separation, but also took responsibility.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone on the field for failing to appreciate the risks of returning to the field,” Turner wrote. “I have spoken with almost every teammate, coach and staff member, and I never intended to make anyone uncomfortable or put anyone at risk.”
In his statement, Manfred stated that Turner was “actively encouraged” to leave his isolation room and that the Dodgers had since the 1988 Tampa Bay Rays to win their first World Series Championship on October 27 on the field. Encouraged to return in moments. He is believed to have received permission from at least one Dodgers employee and an unidentified person falsely told him that other peers had tested positive, “making the impression in Mr. Turner’s mind that he was taken out for isolation was going.”
Turners were eliminated from Game 6 of the World Series in the eighth inning after the Dodgers received word of Turner’s positive test. His wife Courtney was removed from the wives’ section at the Globe Life Field. Turner wrote that he was “blind” to the news and the two watched the last couple of innings from a television inside a doctor’s office. He said that he and his wife returned to the ground with the hope of taking a picture.
“I was under the impression that team officials did not object to returning to the field for a picture with my wife,” Turner wrote. “However, what the two of us intended to capture was a photo, we turned to several greetings and photographs, where I had briefly and unknowingly removed my mask. In the blindness, I should have waited until That the field was not clear to others to take that picture with me. ” wife.”
MLB previously tricked Turner into breaking protocol to engage his teammates, but Manfred admitted on Friday that security guards were deployed to closely monitor Turner and then take him to the team hotel The league could have done better. Manfred also revealed that Lab MLB tested throughout Utah throughout the season will now be used to “test in unplanned areas in the communities we call home.”